“He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap.” (Ecclesiastes 11:4)
Perhaps one of the saddest fruits of the illusion of control, is that it grips with a crippling fear. If I am in control then I must be able to accurately predict all,or at least most outcomes. This fallacy especially fails us when other people are involved! Solomon wrote a lot about the “futility” of life. One can boil down his thoughts to this: “I once thought that if you act wisely and always do the right thing that you will always get a great result. But now I realize that sometimes wise people have troubles and fools appear to succeed.”
The reality is that we are fallen people who live in a fallen world. And because of this there is no “problem free”.
You just need to get over that expectation. It will sooner or later fail you. Just because you study your lesson and do it right does not mean that you will always get the results you expected. This does NOT mean that we should all just become careless, undisciplined fools! But it does mean that you need to have a more eternal perspective on this temporary existence we call “life”.
You have probably heard the saying, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing it right.” Maybe a parent impressed this upon you while growing up? But here’s a more healthy take on it:
If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing…even if you can’t do it perfectly right at first.
If you are waiting for perfect conditions you will probably never sow your seed.
If you are waiting for the perfect mate you will be waiting forever.
If you are waiting for a problem-free, risk-free scenario, you are probably a control-freak who is more controlled by fear than a real relationship with the God who spoke the universe into existence and raises the dead.
Maybe you need to take some risks today. And don’t be blown away if the results are not everything you expected. God is big enough to cover you!